Can you Use Curling Sets on Extensions?

by HSI Professional | May 17 2017

You know that a professional curling iron set can work wonders for your hair, but what about hair extensions? No matter what type of extension you are using, you’re always going to have that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you’re doing something terribly wrong every single time you start curling, but the truth, is that you’re probably not doing anything wrong, probably. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, we’re going to talk about The different types of extensions and how they are used. The different types of extensions and how they are used.

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A Quick Guide to Extensions and the Use of Professional Curling Iron Sets

Let’s go over a few of the different types of hair extensions that you might find yourself wearing. Some of them are more expensive than others, and some are more effective than other, but at the end of the day, it really comes down to this question: can you curl it?

Sew-In Hair Extension

If you’re short on cash, this is the go-to. In this method, your hair will be braided tightly and the hair wefts will be sewn in. Keep in mind that this is a technique not often recommended because while it is definitely the least expensive way to get the job done, it can be very tough on the hair. In fact, not all hair types can handle it, and the hair does need to be retightened over the course of four months.

Temporary Extensions

By definition, all extensions are going to be temporary but these really do fit the bill. To put it as simply as possible, clip-ins are sections of hair attached to a clip which comes in several different sizes and lengths. Each piece fits a certain area, for example, you have the 4-clip sections that are intended to fill out the back of the head, and then you have the three-clip seconds that are meant to make up the sides. The sizes continue on, eventually ensuring that you have a full head of hair. These clips are intended to be situated beneath the hair so that they aren’t visible, and they do a great job of giving the illusion that you have longer hair than you actually do. It takes a trained eye to recognize that such extensions are actually being used.

Top Piece Extension

These fill in where clip-in extensions can be somewhat lacking. They do a great job of camouflaging thinning hair on the top of the head, and they only need to be retightened from time to time.

Micro Link Extensions

These are most often referred to as micro beats or locks, which are easily placed in without glue or heat. A silicone bead is placed at the base of the client’s hair, and an individual extension strand is attached. These last for about four months.

Tape-in Extensions

These are applied with a heated tool, which is responsible for heating up a thin strip of glue in the hair. The hair is put between two wefts to create a seal, and once in place, they can be reused several times before they need to be re-ordered.


Both hot and cold fusion can be used on the individual keratin bonds, and they are great if you want the serious length without the serious maintenance. They are, however, much more expensive.

Back to the Ultimate Question

So, getting back to the real question of whether or not you can use a professional curling wand on extensions? Well, it depends on a few things really. There are typically two types of extension material, one being synthetic, and another being human hair. You can curl human hair, as a matter of course, but you probably already knew that. You can style human hair extensions just as you would your own hair, and the cool thing about them is that they will hold a curl for a very long time.

The concern that you have is probably going to be over synthetic hair extensions; can you style them? At the end of the day, it depends on the brand. If you have purchased relatively inexpensive extensions ($20 and below), then there is a good chance that they will not be able to withstand the heat. In fact, there are plenty of extensions that will melt into a sort of black goop when you try to curl or straighten them. If you have higher quality synthetic, however, you should be able to style them to an extent and get the result you want. At the end of the day, it all depends upon the quality and your technique.

For the best curling solution, even for extensions, make sure that you check out our Groover kit.  It’s one of the best options on the market and a sure way to get your extensions into shape. Summer is coming; make sure you’re ready for it, along with your extensions.



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